Spotlight on…SYDRC

Here at Urban Partners, we’re committed to making our neighbourhood a better place to live, work and do business. We are in regular contact with a range of charities from the local area so we can better understand how our local businesses and employees can help them achieve their objectives.

In addition to providing details of LOCAL AREA CHARITIES we also highlight those who have specific VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES to be filled throughout the year.

Each month, we spotlight a specific charity, in order to better educate local employees about the work they do. This month we visited the team at SYDRC to see how they help those in the King’s Cross area.

Name of Charity: Somali Youth Development Resource Centre (SYDRC)

Address: N1C Centre, Ground floor Plimsoll Building, Handyside Street, London, N1C 4BQ



We are a youth organisation enabling young people to realise and fulfil their potential through a variety of interventions and services.


To empower and inspire people to achieve their true potential by equipping them with the tools for tomorrow, to enable them to take responsibility for their lives and develop as individuals and as a community.


SYDRC is youth community-based organisation that has been working with young people in Camden since 2000. We are a youth led organisation, providing activities and services for young people.  We, along with our partners Dragonhall, manage the new community centre in the Plimsoll building, King’s Cross. We are committed to providing activities and services for all, which will meet the needs and respect the diversity of its residents and community, as well as those who work in the locality.

Success Stories:

SYDRC was awarded the prestigious Regional Award at Young Beacon Awards 2011.

SYDRC Educational Achievement Award Ceremony takes place annually to commend and recognise the academic success of Somali students who have completed and passed their GCSE’s and Key Stage 3 examinations above the national requirement of 5 A*-C’s and level 5 and above for SATS. This year we will be holding our 17th annual event.

In the year 1999, only 3.1% of young people of Somali origin were achieving 5 A*-C grades, in the year 2014, through a lot of hard work, we are glad to report it went up to 59.3%. This shows tremendous effort from young people, parents, schools and all relevant stakeholders.

We provide youth club programmes as well as helping young people learn new skills by running workshops and courses. It is also an opportunity for social interaction whilst engaging in positive activities. We will be launching our digital program in September 2018, which will have a key focus on coding.

We run activities for the over 55’s group, currently line dancing, yoga and badminton, with many more coming soon.

We  also run employability and adult courses, which help individuals or groups become more confident and access new opportunities.

Case Study:

Khalil Farah, a young service user at the centre, said ‘I’ve come a long way since I got involved with SYDRC. There are challenges ahead of me, but I know I have what it takes to overcome them now and with the support of SYDRC, I will make it.’

AN said, ‘SYDRC has helped me gain a better insight into my life and has given me a willingness to learn and want to achieve better in life. Through SYDRC, I have become a better role model for my younger siblings, and I want them to make better decisions then I did.’


All donations are gratefully appreciated, be it your time, equipment or funds, which go directly to supporting our services and activities. Please e-mail us at [email protected] or [email protected] for more information on how to donate.


We are always looking for volunteers to support our staff and service and are particularly keen to hear from any of the following:


Support a young person in developing their education, employability skills while boosting their confidence and helping them fulfil their potential.


We are looking for people with media experience to help young people tell their stories. We need support for filming, photography, graphic design and website updates.


We are looking for experienced fundraisers to help us secure funding to continue to support service users.

Corporate Support:

Support us by renting our space. If you need a meeting room or hall hire for away days, team building or corporate events in Central London, King’s Cross, contact us for availability and to book, visit our website at

All of the proceeds of our room hire goes towards supporting the work we do in our centre, where our work is done to help the most in need within our society. King’s Cross and the conjoining areas may be seen as a prosperous, high tech and dynamic area; however, statistics show that this area faces higher levels of unemployment, social exclusion and child poverty than elsewhere in London.